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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Jets' Draft Report Card

By Rich Cimini

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Round 1, ninth pick

Analysis: Say hello to Darrelle Revis Lite. Milliner, the first cornerback picked, was widely regarded as the best at his position. The value was too good for the Jets to pass. Yes, they would've preferred a pass rusher, but Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo already were gone. So was super-smurf receiver Tavon Austin. Milliner made sense at that spot. Let's face it, Kyle Wilson is best suited to nickel coverage, so they needed an every-down corner to start opposite Antonio Cromartie. Some scouts say Milliner never will be an elite corner because he lacks playmaking skills. But you know what? Even the great Revis isn't an interception machine. Milliner was the right call for a defense that relies heavily on man-to-man coverage by its corners.

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Round 1, 13th pick

Analysis: Another defensive linemen? This makes three straight first-round picks on the line. It might make Rex Ryan happy, but they needed to spread the wealth. They passed on a talented tight end (Tyler Eifert) and a big-play receiver (Cordarrelle Patterson), players that could've helped Mark Sanchez get his career back on track. Richardson has talent, no doubt, but where does he line up? He was a 4-3 tackle in college, a one-gap penetrator, and now he'll be asked to be a two-gap lineman. Ryan acknowledged the Jets will play more 4-3 fronts, but with all their pressing needs (how 'bout a safety?), another defensive lineman became a luxury.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Round 2, 8th pick (No. 39 overall)

Analysis: The Jets couldn't resist, could they? They didn't have enough conviction to take Smith with one of their two first-round picks. In that sense, they received good value in the second round, but the decision comes with risk. Essentially, they drafted Mark Sanchez's successor. If he's not the real deal, it'll probably set back the franchise at least a couple of years. If their scouting reports are correct, maybe they have the next Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick. Smith has a lot to prove. He has the physical tools to be a winning quarterback, but there are holes in his games -- shaky pocket presence, reading defenses, handling adversity. You get the picture.

Brian Winters, G, Kent State
Round 3, 10th pick (No. 72 overall)

Analysis: Winters went off the board where most expected, so the Jets received solid value. He's a tough hombre, and smart, too -- and new GM John Idzik wants to add those type of players to his roster. Here's the concern: He's projected as a guard and he's never played the position before. He played left and right tackle in college, but many believe he's best suited to the inside because he lacks elite athleticism. The versatility is attractive, though. He's a keeper.

Oday Aboushi, OL, Virginia
Round 5, 8th pick (No. 141 overall)

Analysis: Solid value here, but you have to wonder how he gets on the field. Aboushi, who played left tackle at Virginia, could be moved to right tackle, behind incumbent Austin Howard. Aboushi could be insurance because Howard is playing on a one-year contract. If Howard sticks around for the long term, what happens to Aboushi? At the very least, he'll be a backup swing tackle, providing depth. He's a chip off the old Brick, meaning D'Brickashaw Ferguson, another Virginia alum.Aboushi was a three-year starter, a team captain and an accomplished scholar off the field.

William Campbell, OL, Michigan
Round 6, 10th pick (No. 178 overall)

Analysis: Campbell played defensive tackle for the majority of his career at Michigan, but will play guard for the Jets. He dabbled at guard in 2010, but this still qualifies as a projection. One of the Michigan coaches told Jeff Bauer, the Jets' director of college scouting, that Campbell might make a good guard on the next level. Bauer filed that away and, during the pre-draft process, the Jets worked him out as a guard. You have to figure it'll take at least a year before he learns the position, so 2013 could amount to a red-shirt year for Campbell.

Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest
Round 7, 9th pick (No. 215 overall)

Analysis: As senior, Bohanon played some H-Back, displaying pass-catching skills. That appealed to the Jets, who could use the versatility on offense. Obviously, Bohanon will have to carve a niche on special teams. He has a good chance to make the team. If you can say that about a seventh rounder, how can you quibble?